I made this thread to help members not familiar with cars or "mechanically challenged" present their automotive dilemma in a clear and concise manner. By doing so it greatly increases the odds of diagnosing the problem more efficiently and keeps the more experienced residents here from just flat out ignoring your posts or doing the back and forth banter dance of having to extract information from you (aka: "pulling teeth"). If it requires work just to get to explain your problem ,how much work is it going to require to help you actually fix it? See where I'm going? Help us help you. It's all in the details peeps! Also as well,remember,there is a good chance you are not the first to have said problem. Generally a quick search on the forum and reading the stickies/FAQ's will provide an answer/solution faster than posting a question and waiting for a response. It also allows you to ask an"educated" question which could can also provide a solution faster.
Provide as much info as you can in you posts
*All performance mods (80-90% of the problems are due to improper modding/mods)
*octane of gasoline being used
*Year/model of vehicle/miles on vehicle
*When the problem started (when I changed a part vs out of the blue)
*If you have tried to fix the problem list what you have done
*If you have the ability to datalog definately run a log.
If your car has a CEL(check engine light) that means you have a DTC (diagnostic trouble code).
Before we can even help you get the code read. It makes no sense to ask why you have a CEL or to post that you have one and not post what the code is. We cannot read the code for you,so get it read. Most Autozones will do it for free. FYI- if you get the code read 95% of the time you can find how to fix the problem by merely searching by using the code number. Also the F.A.Q.'s /Stickies will contain general information about mods that cause CEL/DTC and some of the fixes.
Use complete sentences and grammar!
If we can't understand what your even saying or think your speaking a different language when your not, how fast do you think you problem is going to be solved? Please re-read what you have wrote. If it doesn't make sense to you it most definitely won't make sense to us! Try to use proper terminology,nomenclature or technical terms if you can.
Be specific with your question!
"My car is acting up,whats wrong?" Uhhhh.....okay. Like mentioned,be specific. Provide as much info as possible. If you have a Cobb Acessport or a Taxtrix cable then you have the ability to read DTC's (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) and datalog. Datalogging by far is one of the best diagnostic tools. Learn to datalog and use something along the lines of Google Docs to host your datalog file and link it back to your post.
There are a TON of people on here that are very knowledgeable on these particular cars and all their little quirks. The more data and details you can provide using the correct (or close ) terminology the better the "picture" will be painted. So please use these guidelines to help us help you!